A WOMEN’S NGO’s tireless contribution to producing trained and skilled manpower has been duly recognised by the government who recently upgraded its status to a college.
The Women’s Institute of Management (WIM) is now known as WIM College.
The good news was revealed during the grand graduation ceremony recently for graduate students from the University of East London.
As an NGO that does not receive any annual government grant, WIM ventures into higher education partnerships as a source of revenue to support its social agenda for the financing of free training courses in small business and basic information and communication technology for disadvantaged women in Malaysia.
The women include single parents, orang asli, prison inmates and those living in rural areas, including areas affected by the JE virus.
WIM offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programme and the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Business Studies degree from the University of East London.
The graduation ceremony held at a hotel in Petaling Jaya saw 65 students graduating with the university’s MBA (13 distinctions) and 32 with the university’s Bachelor of Arts Business Studies Degree (one First Class Honours).
Present at the ceremony were the university’s vice-chancellor Professor Patrick McGhee and its pro vice-chancellor international Professor John Shaw.
The guest of honour was Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, who is himself a graduate of the university.
Prof McGhee announced that the university had awarded the honorary doctorate of business administration to WIM chief executive officer Datuk Dr Nellie Tan-Wong.
WIM chairman Tan Sri Napsiah Omar said graduation was a high point in any person’s life.
“We wish to announce that our enrolment for the MBA programme has increased tremendously with 85 students last year,” said Napsiah.
“As a result of our joint nurturing of excellent support and excellent delivery, WIM has the high achievement of producing UEL MBA graduates with distinction at every graduation.”
WIM rewarded the MBA distinction graduands and the Bachelor of Arts Business Studies Degree first honour graduand with a WIM special trophy of excellence.
Dompok complimented WIM for being self-reliant and for generating its own revenue by venturing into higher education, renting out part of its premises and also producing a business journal that was available at leading bookstores.
“It is one of the most dynamic women’s organisations in Malaysia and a role model for many other NGOs to emulate,” he said.